SPRING HILL, Florida-- Freshly bonded out of jail Tuesday morning, a Spring Hill man accused of abusing his adopted special needs son so badly he nearly died, defended himself.
"I love my children. I love them," a crying Ronald White said.
Investigators say White gave the 16-year-old a black eye and bruises all over his body.
With two adopted girls also living in the house, Hernando County deputies say the boy was forced to drink a gallon of water and was locked up until he went to the bathroom on himself.
An arrest report states things got so bad the boy collapsed when his organs shut down and his body went into shock.
"I made a simple mistake and I apologize for what I did," White said.
When asked by 10 News what he did, White responded, "I can't tell you man. With lawyers, I can't do that."